As we fire up our grills to welcome summer we honor those who have served our country. Beyond the smoky grill, corn on the cob and ice cream is the gratitude that we share for those who protect and help us to live peaceful lives. That is the main point of Memorial Day.
Thank you to people who have dedicated their lives to service and to the families who love them. I am forever grateful.
Are you entertaining this weekend? I have your back with 20 great recipes that I have created for you here on FamilyFreshCooking.com
Let’s start a little sweet. These recipes can be served for breakfast or energy lifting snacks throughout the day.
Stuffed Baked Apples with Walnuts and Dates
What says American pride more that juicy apples?! Try them baked with my nutty filling and you will never think of apples the same way again.
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal This is Americana in in a warming bowl of fun filled flavor.
It is also time for ripe juicy plums…
The name says it all here. If you are craving more crumbly topping than fruit then try:
Jazz up breakfast or brunch with Sweet Coconut Eggs on Toast. Have you ever tried a sweet scrambled eggs? Oh you must!
Oatmeal. Oatmeal with more blueberries than you could ever imagine.
Blueberry Coconut Bakes Steel Cut Oatmeal
Here are a few cooling drinks to try…
This recent post got a lot of attention ~ especially when readers got all excited about hitting it up with a splash of rum!
Now let’s take a look at savory.
Chips and dips are always popular and feed a party crowd!
Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Crispy Sprouted Grain Chips
Everyone needs a great guacamole recipe.
My Bacon Guacamole Salsa is the ultimate for dipping or topping your favorite fish, steak or chicken.
Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an easy crowd pleaser too!
Raise your hand if you like to grill when the weather warms up? (I am frantically waving both hands in the air by the way!)
Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Here is a great grilled side dish that is perfect for any menu.
Everyone loves food on a stick.
Try my little Hot Dog Skewers & Creamy Avocado Dip…
People love salads. Especially when you add cheese, grilled chicken and lots of veggies. Don’t forget to top it all off with a homemade vinaigrette.
Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Here is another salad with the ever popular and delicious quinoa…
BLT-A Quinoa Salad Serve yours up in little mason jars too. Would make for a fun table setting!
For more table top inspiration check out my Table Toppers Pinterest board.
Cool it down after meal time with some homemade popsicles!
Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Popsicles are sure to please pink lovers, watermelon lovers and everyone in between.
Creamed Corn Popsicles will a great conversation starter!
Pretty and polka dotty…
Tutti Fruitti Chocolate Coconut Popsicles
Ice cream, you scream we all scream for….
Enjoy your long weekend with family and friends.!
- Let’s Not Forget What Memorial Day is Really About Forbes
- My July 4th + Memorial Day Pinterest board
- Memorial Day 2011 Recipes
- Recipes for Labor Day Weekend 2011
37 thoughts on “20 Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day”
Mmm…it all looks so good! I think I’m going to have to make the watermelon fro-yo popsicles (I just bought a popsicle mold and it’s dying to be used)! 😀 Yum!!!
Caroline, you must make those watermelon pops! A great choice girl 🙂
Wonderful selection, thanks!
Love all the classic American food with a twist
Thanks Lucy! You know me ~ always up for the twist 🙂
So awesome! Everything looks fabulous. Hopefully the weather holds up!
Katrina, so far so good here in Colorado. Hubs says its nice in California too!
These all look so good! I am craving one of those lemon blueberry muffins for breakfast this morning. xxoo
Have a great weekend, Marla!
Not only could this post be called 20 healthy recipes, it could be called 20 amazing photographs in a pictorial essay by Marla 🙂 Seriously, your work is just STUNNING!!!!!
Thank you Averie. I kinda needed to hear that today 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
great list! Have a great weekend
I want them all!
Beautiful photos! What great ideas. I would be a very welcome guest at any BBQ bringing any of these delicious treats. Have a great memorial day weekend! Hopefully the weather will improve.
Angie, not sure how the weather is in the OC, here in Colorado it is glorious!!
What a great round-up! These would all be great for July 4th, too! Like I said on twitter….I LOVE those corn pops 😀
Alex, can I tell you how much I love that you LOVE the corn pops!!
Love this roundup and I’m dying to make your lemonade coconut milkshakes! And I definitely agree with Averie – gorgeous photos!
Thanks Jamie. It is always interesting to do a round up & pull recipe posts from the past. So much has changed over the past year with lots & lots of photography practice!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get to try the milkshake 🙂
Everything looks beautiful! Lovely display.
I want a little bit of it all! I’d be so stuffed. Great list! Have a great weekend Marla.
Rachel, it’s all about pacing oneself ~ right??!!
My mouth is watering! Great post 🙂
A beautiful round-up!
What wonderful recipes and the photos are so gorgeous!!!
Damn girl. What a generous round up!
Marla, these all look fabulous, perfect for Memorial Day. Would love to attend your Memorial Day BBQ!
Jeanette, I would live to have you join u too! Have a wonderful weekend!
I wouldn’t know which dish to make first!!! Everything looks delectable!!! Enjoy your holiday weekend~
Thanks Liz! You have a fab weekend too 🙂
Love the picture of your darling little ballerina! I danced for 13 years and desperately want one of my girls to dance. Knowing my luck, it won’t happen 😉
Wonderful lineup! Love every single recipe!!
Katie, you never know. My little girl loves to dance, but her love goes in phases. She is really casual about it. I certainly don’t think this will turn out to be a “career” thing. Though you never know!! Have a wonderful weekend!!
lots of tasty ideas here, Marla. Have a wonderful weekend.
You know how much I love your recipes, my grilling compadre. There are some fantastic ones on this list!
Dara, it was so fun to look back on our recipes from Get Grillin’ We must revisit that again – miss you bunches 🙂 Have a great long weekend with that sweet family of yours!
Oh my goodness, all of the recipes look amazing and your photos are just beautiful. Love the Tutti Fruitti Chocolate Coconut Popsicles!! 🙂
Hi Lindsey! You gotta try those polka dotty tutti fruitti pops. A joy indeed 🙂 Have a great weekend!
great round up Marla- perfect for any summer gathering!